Your Furnace Installation Options Guide

Informed homeowners always make the best choices when it comes to keeping their home comfortable, reliable, and functional. So when you’re trying to determine the best heating fuel source to keep your home running through the long winter ahead, it’s important to have all the facts. That’s why we've assembled this guide to the major benefits and drawbacks of all the major heating fuel types on the market today. Review them all and decide which style heating furnace installation would be best for your home’s unique needs and constraints.

Natural Gas Furnace Installations

Low cost of operation, high cost of installation

Faster, more precise heating

Reliable for up to 20 years with proper servicing

Environmentally friendly heating

Highly reliable fuel source, most popular today

Electric Furnace Installations

Quiet and highly durable

Low cost of installation, high cost of operation

Easy installation and maintenance

Safest fuel option for homeowners

Reliable for up to 30 years with proper servicing

Oil Furnace Installations

Fastest heating of all options, consumed slower as well

More safe than natural gas and propane

Requires regular servicing to stay clean, efficient, and reliable

Cost of install and operation comparable to propane (more affordable than electric)

Reliable for up to 25 years with proper servicing

Propane Furnace Installations

Environmentally friendly heating

Reliable for up to 20 years with proper servicing

Cost of install and operation comparable to oil (more costly than gas)

Safe for homeowners though repairs need immediate attention

Highly versatile fuel for homes

As you can see, each furnace installation has it’s high and low points and within each of these categories are many different versions of the broad fuel option mentioned above! With so many options the vast majority of homeowners around the country elect to have natural gas furnace installations performed (with oil furnaces most commonly installed in the areas of the country where natural gas is unavailable) simply because of the familiarity of the fuel source and it’s prevalence with homeowners.

However, depending on everything from your home’s particular heating needs and budget, to your willingness to have professional furnace repairs and maintenance performed, you may find that another fuel source is more suitable for your home. In whatever case, it’s important to remember that certain maintenance costs will always be involved in keeping your home comfortable and safe through the years.


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